Special education — which serves students with a wide range of issues, from learning disabilities to autism to hyperactivity disorder to blindness — is driving some San Diego-area districts to spend beyond their means.The number of students needing special education services and the costs of those services have climbed faster than the federal or state money that pays for them, county district data show. Though the services are guaranteed by law, neither the federal government nor the state of California provide enough to pay for them. That squeezes already tight school budgets, so administrators have to make do with fewer dollars for other student programs. “It’s got to come out of somewhere else,” said Paul Warren, an education research associate with the Public Policy Institute of California. “What they’re saying is, ‘We don’t have enough money to pay for everything.’” Yet what is provided sometimes isn’t … [Read more...] about County school districts struggle with the rising costs of special education
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There will be at least two, if not three, new members elected to the Denver Board of Education this fall, and the first two candidates to enter the race have a vision for the school district that looks different from its recent past. Both Julie Bañuelos and Tay Anderson have called for a moratorium on new charter schools, more protection for LGBTQ students, increased spending on classroom services and additional cuts to Denver Public Schools’ central office. Both stopped short of calling to close the district’s current charter schools or to eliminate the school choice program. It’s unlikely that voters will find only two candidates interested in the three board seats by November, however, and any potential contenders have until Aug. 30 to enter the race. Two of the board’s seven seats will be open, with at-large member Allegra “Happy” Hanes and District 1 representative Anne Rowe having hit their term limits. The seat representing District 5 … [Read more...] about Early candidates for Denver school board call for end to new charter schools, more mental health services
Lauren Castle Arizona Republic Published 7:00 AM EST Jan 28, 2019 Forty-three years ago, Lisa Fischer’s mother was determined to make sure her daughter received a great education. She thought she'd found it at St. Francis Xavier School, until the Phoenix Catholic elementary school turned Fischer away because it couldn't accommodate her. Fischer is deaf. Years later, when Fischer was looking for a school for her own children, she again turned to St. Francis. While her kids found success there, Fischer again saw another student turned away because of the lack of accommodations for special needs. “I’m looking around at St. Francis and said, 'Nothing has changed and something has to change,'” she recalled. Fischer went to work to find a solution, helping to establish the Arizona Catholic Schools Disabilities Fund. Next year, St. Francis will enroll its second student with Down syndrome, thanks to Francis' … [Read more...] about Arizona Catholic schools open doors to students with special needs
Steph Solis Asbury Park Press Published 5:11 AM EDT Oct 24, 2018 MARLBORO - The six candidates for the Marlboro Township Public Schools board have different visions for how the district should address infrastructure, taxes and complaints from parents, but they all agreed on one thing: the board meetings are too contentious. The meetings sometimes devolve into disputes between parents and the superintendent. Other times, disagreements between individual school board members are on public display. Both incumbents and challengers vying for three open seats hope that, if elected, they can improve the public decorum. The election is Nov. 6. The top three vote getters will serve three-year terms on the school board, which represents a district of more than 4,800 students. The candidates are: Kathleen Amster Kathleen Amster, 44, is a mother of four and a member of the Parent Teacher Organization at Marlboro Elementary School, Marlboro Middle School and … [Read more...] about Marlboro school board candidates: Board meetings too contentious
Seattle voters will soon decide whether doubling the city government’s investment in public education is worth a property-tax hike. The city’s existing levies to pay for certain K-12 programs and a subsidized preschool pilot both expire at the end of this year. And after campaigning on a promise to make community college free for high-school graduates, Mayor Jenny Durkan has pitched the city’s largest-ever education levy to combine the K-12 and preschool programs with her proposed scholarships. On your ballot, this initiative will be called Seattle Proposition No. 1. Here’s what you need to know before you make this Election Day decision. If there are any more questions you want answered, ask us at [email protected] Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network and is funded by a grant from the Bill & … [Read more...] about Voters guide: How much will Seattle’s education levy cost, and what exactly will it pay for?